20 inches of snow set for Britain as yellow warnings issued

Heavy snow strikes closing vaccine centres in the UK

In Suffolk, drifts taller than a snowplough has already fallen – while treacherous conditions have shut roads in Kent and Essex.

Three Covid vaccination centres were forced to close as Storm Darcy wreaked havoc on the roads yesterday.

Today will remain bitterly cold day with some places struggling to get much above freezing, the Met Office said.

An amber warning for snow across East Anglia and the South-East in place until midday on Monday has been extended to include a larger area as showers show no sign of easing.

Power cuts in parts of London and the east are also possible, as well as interruptions to other services such as gas, water, and mobile phone coverage.

The forecasters have warned of “significant disruptive snowfall” and gale-force winds in the south-east of England, with up to 12 inches of snow possible in the Downs of Kent and the North Downs.

Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Kent and Medway are all set to be hit by an “area of widespread, persistent and occasionally heavy snow” through to Monday, according to the amber warning.

There is also the potential for significant build-ups of snow across eastern parts of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent.

Such heavy snow is expected to bring widespread travel problems, especially in the South-East and East Anglia, with roads likely becoming blocked by deep snow and stranded vehicles likely.

Roads may become blocked by deep snow, with the possibility of stranded vehicles and passengers.

South-east England will also be hit 40-50mph wind gusts that could cause snowdrifts from Sunday through to Monday morning, according to the Met Office.

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